A Mars Hill man that was on the run from police for about a month before being caught has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury.30 year old Chad Walton was indicted on charges of assault and obstructing the report of a crime.That indictment is in connection with a domestic violence assault that took place in November.Police say the victim had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for serious facial injuries.
A Haynesville man is dead following an accident Friday afternoon.Police say 72 year old Roy Aldrich was driving on Skagrock road in Haynesville when he lost control and ran off the road and into a truck that was parked in a driveway.That truck then slammed into a house and garage.Aldrich was declared dead at the scene.Investigators believe he may have suffered a medical condition that caused him to crash.
Town councilors in Hermon have yet to decide on a new working agreement between the Hermon Fire Department and Hermon Volunteer Rescue Squad.They were scheduled to vote on the contract Thursday night, but decided they needed more time to look over the agreement.The two groups have operated without a contract for more than 40 years, but both agreed it was time to have one.After a year of going back and forth they finally came up with a plan.We’re told the contract won’t change any of their day-to-day operations, but will create more clarity.
The Maine Department of Transportation has selected a new route to connect I-395 and Route 9.But the decision isn’t sitting well with neighboring communities Eddington and Brewer.In 2009, Brewer City Councilors endorsed a plan that would cut through an unpopulated section of Holden.But Holden residents who live on Route 46 weren’t happy with the choice, saying it would increase traffic near their homes.One of the other choices would extend I-395 at Wilson Street and would follow the Holden-Brewer line toward Eddington to connect with Route 9.Now, the Maine DOT says it has chosen that route as the connector.Holden Town Manager John Butts says he found out by looking at their website two months ago, but Eddington Town Manager Russell Smith says he was just told last week.He says the decision has left him asking what happened to democracy?”I’m not very happy, we didn’t get a say on that in the process I’m sure when public hearings come about in the spring, people will voice their opinions on that route,” he said.Smith tells us one of the main concerns regarding the plan not chosen by the DOT was its impact on the environment.We spoke with the DOT about the route selection, they say the new route has the least impact on the environment.They released a statement apologizing for not informing those involved and said quote:In the coming weeks, Maine DOT officials will refocus on the public process in which residents will have ongoing opportunities to provide feedback including review of the draft environmental impact statement and public hearings as needed.
A cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee is going a long way for the American Cancer Society.Five local stores are taking part in the effort.One cent from every cup of coffee, hot or iced, sold at the stores in 2012 will go to the society’s relay for life.Dunkin Donuts got involved in the local relay last year.
Fire investigators say they can’t determine what caused the fire in Athens Thursday because of the extent of damage.It destroyed a two-story barn on Brighton Road and part of the farm house that was attached to it.The call came in just before 9 am.At least four towns battled the flames for several hours.A witness at the scene said nobody was hurt in the fire and a dog was rescued.
This weekend you can treat yourself to a tasty breakfast, while helping the Brooksville Fire DepartmentThe breakfast will be held from seven to nine Saturday morning at the Brooksville Elementary School.The cost is $6 a person or $15 for a family.There will be eggs, pancakes, cinnamon buns and much more.
The town of Milford is getting more than a half million dollars to upgrade sewer collections.The money is coming from the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency.The sewer systems on Main Street and the Davenport Street area will be worked on.The improvements will help with water flow and prevent the overflow of untreated wastewater into the Penobscot River.Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe released a joint statement saying the grant funding is welcome news.
A Maine man arrested last year and charged with killing a woman more than three decades ago has had his bid to remain free while awaiting trial rejected.A justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s decision and ordered 56-year-old Jay Mercier of Industry to continue being held without bail, based on the nature of the crime and the evidence against him.Mercier was arrested in September and charged in the death of 20-year-old Rita St.